3 March 2014

Diptyque Candle Jars Resurrected

A Diptyque obsession is not a healthy one to have. I'm sure the candle collectors amongst you will dutifully nod your heads in agreement. At a costly price a pop, striking a match to its wick causes my wallet to let out a tragic weep, every. single. time. But it's not all bad - a sad day when your fragrant fave finally bites the dust, yes, but at the same time, one Diptyque candle loss equals one storage jar gain. A quick Google search would suggest there are many ways they can be resurrected following the after burn, but I thought I'd throw in my two pence worth anyway. P.s is it wrong I contemplated keeping the sooty ombré effect?...

For my Figuier's final hours, I was left with a pool of hot liquid wax at the bottom of the jar which wasn't really going anywhere. Knowing me, I've probably gone for the most difficult, spillage-likely option but it saved scraping out chunks and I had my clean brush holder in a matter of minutes. What comes next should happen well away from a pristine carpet and be aware that the pot can be pretty hot, we don't want any burnt fingertips - whilst the wax was still runny, I lined a flat surface with a plastic bag, followed by newspaper on top and  a wad of kitchen paper - maybe a little over precocious but hey, it gets messy. I then carefully poured the small amount of watery wax, leftover wick and all, onto the kitchen paper and left to set before bundling up in a single newspaper sheet. I popped the kettle on, filled the jar with boiling water and left for five minutes - any waxy remainders should solidify on the surface, you can then drain the water through a sieve and tap the bits into the bin. I then took yet another wad of kitchen roll with a blob of neat fairy liquid, gave it a good wipe around the insides, followed by a final rinse and ta-da, mission candle jar resurrection complete. Now, you only gotta use your imagination regarding the storage part, but I've noted down a few ideas. Once my collection of cleaned out Diptyque candle jars has built up, each will serve it's purpose...

Brush Holder. Standard. It's safe to say my old plastic cups from TK Maxx have had an upgrade. You'll get more in if it's a bundle of eye brushes, but its just the right size to fit an edit of your fave face base applicators.

Cotton Bud Beaker. Opening a tub of buds never ends well for me - cue an explosion of cotton tipped sticks on the bathroom floor. Housed liked this keeps them neatly bunched for easy reach in needy times of eye liner tidy-ups.

Cotton Pad Pot. Saves rummaging about in the packet only to pull out half a split pad, right?!...

Chubby Stick Container. Every time I open a drawer in my MUJI stack, these things end up rolling about all over the shop - either I could extend my chubby stick collection, padding things out to prevent this from happening, but I think they look pretty neat stored in the pot for easy pickings.

Assorted Tool Jar. Something we did at both salons I've worked in - Side note: place a couple of cotton pads at the base of the beaker to protect tools from becoming blunt. A tidy home for assorted tools; scissors, tweezers, glass nail files, manicure instruments, pencil sharpeners, etc etc

And then I was tweeted this image. Too cute, non? I will definitely be giving that a whirl too...


  1. Madeleine Mendelow3 March 2014 at 09:24

    I love how these look. Why must those candles be so expensive?? The candles from Anthro/UO look really cute too, at least. haha

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  2. I agree - but they are pretty darn good ;-) Ooo I must have a look at those!

  3. When you get the chance, try the avocado and mint one. The can's not going to make the prettiest brush holder, but the candle smells divine. Haha the bakery themed ones are pretty though. All from anthro. ;)

  4. Oh wow. That. Sounds. Awesome. I'm all for a good smelling candle - will be on the hunt ;-)

  5. Lets Talk Beauty4 March 2014 at 20:30

    These make such lovely brush holders. I even have my eyeliners in one too. Its nice to be able to reuse them once they've been burnt


  6. Agreed! Definitely makes them worth the cost ;-)


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